Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa who was arrested over the misuse of Government vehicles has been remanded until the 24th of this month. The remand order was given by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court.
Wimal Weerawansa is accused of causing a loss of more than 91 million rupees to the Government by deploying 45 vehicles obtained on a rental basis for the State Engineering Corporation for political and private activities. He was summoned to the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division this morning for interrogation in this respect. He was then taken into custody and produced in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court.
Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered that Wimal Weerawansa as well as former Deputy General Manager of the State Engineering Corporation be remanded. The suspects were apprehended under the Public Property Act. An Internal Audit report has revealed that vehicles of the Engineering Corporation had been misused during the period 2011 to 2014.
Accordingly investigations commenced following a complaint made by a former Chairman of the Engineering Corporation. It is reported that Wimal Weerawansa had given the vehicles concerned to five of his close relatives and for 10 individuals who were engaged in political activities of the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna. The other vehicles had been issued to officials of Wimal Weerawansa’s office.
The Police have accused that they had used these vehicles obtaining fuel relief granted by the Government. Although requests were made seeking bail for Wimal Weerawansa, the Court had turned down these appeals.
The Magistrate saying that it has been found that more persons were involved in this crime, ordered the Police to enforce the law against such persons.